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NextHome announces new Wisconsin brokerage

NextHome announces new Wisconsin brokerage

Mini Samuel

Pleasanton, CA — December 29, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Refined, based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The brokerage represents the 16th office location opened in Wisconsin for the NextHome franchise and the 535th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Refined, licensed in both IL and WI will serve clients across Southeastern Wisconsin and Lake County, Illinois. Under the leadership of Broker/Owner Mini Samuel, who has her designations in Staging, Luxury Real Estate, Seniors Residential Real estate, and Short Sales and Foreclosures, NextHome Refined is well equipped to service a diverse group of clientele.

“Our vision is to provide white-glove service that is framed by the guiding principles of honesty, integrity and exceptional customer service exceeding our clients’ expectations,” said Mini

Mini began her real estate career in 2003 to ensure she could be active in the lives of her two children. The majority of her first seven years in the business were spent with Shorewest Realtors before she opened her own brokerage in 2011 which she ran successfully for nine years.

Mini discovered the NextHome Franchise model in 2019 and was sold on their commitment to consumer-focused technology and unmatched marketing. 

“Their suite of offerings would help my vision of building a great team of agents as well as delivering white-glove service to all our clients,” said Mini.

Mini has been a co-owner of a NextHome franchise since early 2020. However, as her business expanded and her career evolved, Mini took advantage of an opportunity to be the sole owner of her own NextHome franchise.

Today, NextHome Refined is offering clients a new level of refinement when it comes to their selling and buying needs. For agents looking for a new career opportunity, NextHome Refined offers a dedicated broker who is passionate about education and agent success. 

“I believe in a simple formula: Hire top-notch people, train and support them and provide the latest tools and technology”

Mini believes it is important to be a part of the community you serve which is why she proudly supports local events and non-profits. Mini teaches English to adult learners at the Kenosha Literacy Council and is also a volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. She has recently partnered up with The Foster Closet of Kenosha where a portion of her commission goes to help children as they are placed into their Next Home. 

When she gets some downtime at home, Mini enjoys reading and catching up on her favorite shows. Her daughters, Amanda (25) and Ashlee (22) have grown up to be two very independent and strong women who she is immensely proud of.

Please join us in congratulating Mini on the opening of NextHome Refined in Kenosha, Wisconsin!

 

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

5 Ways to Handle Stress in a Real Estate Career

5 Ways to Handle Stress in a Real Estate Career

A real estate career can be interesting, exciting, challenging, rewarding, and stressful — sometimes all in the same day. In addition to dealing with all the moving parts of typical real estate transactions, real estate professionals find themselves responding to market and economic fluctuations and a variety of human emotions on a daily basis. Real estate is also a service-driven career with pressure to perform and please clients, creating another level of stress. Here are five tips that can help you avoid burnout:

1. Strive for balance.

It’s easy to slip into an all-work-and-no-play routine as a real estate professional. Between working around clients’ schedules, continuous access to technology, and staying on top of listings and transactions, you can quickly find yourself working around the clock. While you may have to tilt the scale in favor of your career when you’re starting out or during particularly busy seasons, it’s vital to find ways to maintain a wholesome work-life balance that enables you to relax, rewind, and recharge on a regular basis. If you’re finding it hard to find an equilibrium, try blocking out time on a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis for family time, hobbies, getaways, fun, and self-care. You’ll find you’re a better real estate professional when you’re leading a well-rounded life.

2. Practice healthy habits.

Making your health a priority can help you handle stress better and boost your immune system. Eating a nutritious diet and making time for regular exercise can be beneficial for both your physical and mental health. It’s also important to build time in your schedule for regular physician visits and check-ups, as well as for dental and eye care. Making healthy choices each day will pay long-term dividends in your energy level and your ability to cope with stressful situations.

3. Stay focused.

When things get hectic, it’s easy to get distracted, which can lead to more stress. As much as possible, try to stay organized and prioritize the most important tasks that you need to accomplish each day. Keep a list of your short-term and long-term goals, and filter everything you’re doing through those lens. Concentrating on moving forward can often lead to a sense of accomplishment, which may lessen any pressure you’re feeling.

4. Reach out.

When things get tense at work, don’t be afraid to seek help. Use friends and family as sounding boards, or go to colleagues for advice. Other real estate professionals can often relate to your experiences and share how they’ve handled similar situations. Look for more experienced agents who might be willing to mentor you or network by attending local association meetings and workshops. If your anxiety persists or worsens, consider making an appointment with a professional counselor.

5. Be prepared.

Know in advance that things may be stressful, and prepare by doing your homework and planning a strategy for handling stressful or frustrating situations ahead of time. For example, American Home Shield® home warranties can help you keep transactions on track, reducing stress for you and your clients. In addition to offering important budget protection for your buyers and sellers, an AHS home warranty can help you mitigate home inspection issues, streamline transactions, and minimize post-closing involvement.

For more information about the benefits of American Home Shield home warranties for your clients and you, contact your American Home Shield Account Manager or call 888.776.4663.

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NextHome Named in Franchise Business Review’s “Culture100” List

NextHome Named in Franchise Business Review’s “Culture100” List

Pleasanton, CA — November 9, 2020 — NextHome was recently named to Franchise Business Review’s first annual “Culture100” list. The list recognizes the top 100 franchise brands in a 2020 report on the Best Franchise Cultures

Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings of franchises based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. Franchise Business Review publishes its rankings of top franchises in its annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises, as well as in special interest reports throughout the year that identify the top franchises in specific sectors.

NextHome was among over 300 franchise brands, representing over 27,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research on the best franchise cultures. NextHome franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including leadership, training & support, the franchisee community, and work/life balance.

The NextHome Culture has been a differentiator for the franchise since its inception in 2014. Their Humans Over Houses motto and mindset puts people first in an industry that so commonly forgets about the human connection in a tech-driven world. 

“Many franchise organizations ‘talk the talk’ when it comes to culture, but it’s clear that they don’t all ‘walk the walk’,” said Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “A strong culture doesn’t just happen within a company—it has to be designed, built, and constantly maintained. The franchise companies that have the honor of being named to our first-annual Culture100 list are clearly among the best of the best franchises in the business.”

Another key factor of NextHome’s culture is growing with the right people. 

“The most empowering word in our language is the word “no” and we use this word often when we discuss franchising opportunities with prospective brokers and agents,” said Charis Moreno, Vice President of Sales at NextHome. “We’re not looking to bring in everyone, and we think most people respect that.”

NextHome’s specific process for bringing on new franchising partners is heavily weighed on whether or not the new office would be a good, “culture fit” above growing numbers. 

“While metrics are important in some conversations, we don’t find them important when it comes to the overall success of NextHome,” said Charis. “At the end of the day, you can have the best marketing, technology, and integrated systems and tools, but if you don’t have the right people the rest doesn’t even matter.” 

Visit FranchiseBusinessReview.com to see the full list of the 2020 Best Franchise Cultures.

 

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces Seattle-area brokerage

NextHome announces Seattle-area brokerage

Colleen Fischesser

Pleasanton, CA — November 5, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Experience, based in Chelan, Washington. The brokerage represents the 11th office location opened in Washington for the NextHome franchise and the 523rd NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Experience is ready to serve a diverse array of clients across Washington, from Seattle to Chelan. Under the leadership of broker/owner Colleen Fischesser, NextHome Experience is poised to provide an exceptional experience for those in the residential and land markets. 

Colleen is a veteran real estate broker, business owner, and top-producing agent who has been interested in real estate from a young age.

As the daughter of NFL player and coach, Mike McCormack, Colleen’s childhood was filled with frequent moves and new homes. 

“I was obsessed,” Colleen recalled. “I would beg my parents to take me to open houses as a teenager and I knew exactly when the newest real estate magazines were coming out. I had a fascination with houses. It was just something I have always really loved.”

In 1990, Colleen turned that passion into a career, starting with a small boutique brokerage before joining RE/MAX. Colleen would spend the next 25 years building a name and reputation as a top producer with the national franchise. 

In 2003, Colleen added “broker” to her repertoire of talents, opening an expansion office in western Washington. For the next two years, Colleen took on the responsibility of managing, recruiting, and training, as well as maintaining her personal production.

In 2005, Colleen purchased a local RE/MAX office where she led a team of agents and built a thriving book of business. Throughout these years, Colleen responded to market forces by expanding her expertise into property management. While brokerages across America were struggling under the weight of a national housing crisis, Colleen diversified and thrived.

Ever improving, Colleen became a student of a real estate coaching program in 2013.

“One day, my coach said to me ‘What do you think about becoming a coach yourself?’,” Colleen recalled. “It really sparked something in me. I realized how much I loved creating supportive and knowledgeable work environments. Coaching was an opportunity to embrace yet another purpose bigger than myself.”

In 2016, Colleen became a real estate coach. It was around that time that she also sold her brokerages on Washington’s west side and returned to full-time sales. 

As the years went on, Colleen started considering the next evolution in her career. An online advertisement for NextHome piqued her interest. 

“I was looking for something new and fresh and more relevant in today’s market,” Colleen said. “When I had my initial call with NextHome, the culture, the tools, the brand, all of it just spoke to me. I then had a clear vision of what the next five to ten years of my career will look like.”

Colleen was primarily attracted by NextHome’s value proposition for the agent. The franchise offered an industry-leading suite of tools, available with a single sign-on. 

“The tool kit for the cost is phenomenal in my opinion,” Colleen said. “NextHome’s culture is also great. It just checked all the boxes.”

Today, Colleen is building a brokerage of top-tier agents where clients have access to highly trained professionals. 

“I am thrilled to begin to build a culture of camaraderie, where as a team we work through hands-on workshops, training, and learning,” Colleen said. “I am excited to welcome agents who fit into this culture of an abundant mindset and who can both work hard and have fun.”

Colleen has been married for 36 years to her husband Russ, who is looking forward to retirement this year. She is also mom to three sons and grandmother to two grandsons and one granddaughter. When she isn’t working, Colleen enjoys wine tasting in beautiful Washington wine country and savoring great food. 

Please join us in congratulating Colleen on the opening of NextHome Experience headquartered in Chelan, Washington!

 

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new Bay Area brokerage

NextHome announces new Bay Area brokerage

Pleasanton, CA — October 22, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Landcastle Luxury, based in Danville, California. The brokerage represents the 80th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 519th NextHome office opened nationally.

The brokerage will serve a wide range of residential clients across the East Bay, including those in Danville, Walnut Creek, Alamo, and San Ramon. 

NextHome Landcastle Luxury is owned by Jim Brennan – a veteran of the real estate industry with a broad range of experience in land development, investment properties, and subdivision sales. 

Jim became a broker in 2000, but he has been an avid investor since the 1980s. The Butler University (Indianapolis) graduate began his professional life as a pharmacist who became well versed in sales and technology. Jim sold computers to pharmacies throughout the Midwest before moving to northern California. 

After moving to the Bay Area, Jim decided his true passion was for real estate. He transformed his deep experience in property investing into a career in land sales, becoming a broker and partner with his father-in-law to form Landcastle Real Estate. At first, they focused on representing developers who were creating master planned communities. Jim was involved in the genesis and the sale of lots in many well-known communities in northern California, including Mountain House and the stunning 5,000-acre River Islands Master Plan in Lathrop, California. 

“Helping builders find lots to build family homes was the feel-good part of the business,” Jim said. “I loved the fulfillment that came from my work and watching the communities come to life.”

As homes continued to rise, and Jim’s portfolio of success continued to grow, he knew that franchising was the right direction to steer his career. However, he never seemed to find just the right fit. 

“I’ve been thinking about franchising for the past 10 years,” Jim said. “I spent a lot of time trying to find the right franchise.”

Jim eventually discovered NextHome through a friend. 

“We became very close after building two spec homes together,” Jim said speaking of his friend. “We were looking for opportunities and he said, ‘here, what do you think of this?’ NextHome was exactly what I had been trying to find for the past 10 years. The more research I did, the better I liked it.”

Jim was initially drawn to NextHome CEO James Dwiggins’ vision for the company. 

“It was wonderful knowing that there was someone in charge who had the same kinds of values that I wanted to promote in my own business,” Jim said. 

In addition, NextHome’s suite of industry-leading technology was just what Jim needed to help his talented agents achieve their best. 

“The back office is always a struggle for small independents,” Jim said. “NextHome gives me a framework that takes care of the small things so that I can focus on the important things, our agents and clients.”

 With his foundation in sales, Jim was impressed by NextHome’s creative marketing. 

“The dog mascot is absolutely genius,” Jim said of NextHome’s mascot Luke. “Who doesn’t love dogs?”

Today, Jim is leading a brokerage of outstanding talent as he helps East Bay buyers and sellers enjoy a seamless experience. 

“That is our agent’s goal, to make each transaction as easy for buyers and sellers as it can be,” Jim said. “That is their job and that is where we excel.”

This year, Jim celebrated 30 years of marriage to his wife Colleen, although he is quick to point out that they have been together for 36 years. Jim and Colleen are the proud parents of Sean (27) and Kelly (24). Sean is a medical student at Loma Linda University. Kelly, an accomplished artist, is pursuing a degree in graphic arts at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. 

Jim and Colleen love to travel together and are both joyful musicians. Although playing many venues in the past, their classic rock cover band has delighted fans at school fundraisers, parties and meetings across the Bay Area in recent years. 

Please join us in congratulating Jim on the opening of NextHome Landcastle Luxury in Danville, California!

 

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new Rancho Cucamonga brokerage

NextHome announces new Rancho Cucamonga brokerage

Pleasanton, CA — October 2nd, 2020 —

Stephanie Velez

 The brokerage represents the 79th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 516th NextHome office opened nationally.

Located just 40 miles east of Los Angeles, NextHome Champion Elite will serve clients across the Inland Empire. The brokerage is set up to serve all types of residential real estate needs including first-time homebuyers, investors, luxury homes, and relocations. 

NextHome Champion Elite is owned by California real estate veteran Stephanie Velez who began her real estate career in 1999 after purchasing her own first home. 

“After I bought my home, I was a new homebuyer magnet,” Stephanie recalled with a smile. “Everyone would ask me about the programs I used and how I did it. I realized then how much I loved real estate, and especially helping other people.”

Stephanie started working with a Century 21 brokerage in Diamond Bar, California. Five years later, she obtained her broker’s license and opened her own independent company – Champion Realtors. 

“It was a really interesting experience because I literally learned everything from the ground up,” Stephanie recalled. 

Stephanie grew the brokerage to 14 agents, and it continued to serve clients until 2009. After that, the national housing market downturn toppled brokerages in Stephanie’s market and beyond. 

Stephanie shut down Champion Realtors and went to work for a nationally franchised brand.

Then, in 2016, Stephanie felt it was the right time to revive her independent office and brand.  

“I changed the name to Champion Elite Realty just to give it a fresh start, and I’ve been doing great ever since,” Stephanie said. 

As Stephanie continued to grow her business and her brand, she started taking real estate coaching classes. Her sales volume began to soar into the six digits, and then Stephanie began thinking about the next steps in her career – specifically franchising. 

“I have a degree in Organizational Leadership and I really started thinking about how I could put that to good use,” she said.

Stephanie brought up the idea to her business coach. 

“My coach started telling me about a company called NextHome,” Stephanie recalled. “She called me and said, ‘you should look at this franchise, I think it would be a perfect fit for you.’”

After looking into all that NextHome offered, Stephanie was sold. 

“The branding is what initially caught my eye and then all of the technology and tools the franchise offered. Everything I saw, I wanted for myself as an agent,” Stephanie said. “I knew that having these tools to support my office would make recruiting and supporting my agents so much easier.”

Today, Stephanie is using NextHome’s tools and branding to elevate the agent culture in her office and market. 

Stephanie is active in her local REALTORS® association, serving in various leadership roles. In 2021, she will serve as a Director of the Citrus Valley Association of Realtors. In the past, Stephanie has served on the board’s Grievances Committee, Realtor Action Fund, and Membership Value Committee. 

Stephanie and her husband also pastor a local church in her community called Inspire International Ministries. Each week she and her husband, Ray Valez, encourage and bring hope online through weekly video sermons. In addition to this ministry, Stephanie leads Inspire Business Network and the Small Business Prayer Network where local small business leaders can connect weekly and uplift each other through their faith and prayer. 

Please join us in congratulating Stephanie on the opening of NextHome Champion Elite in Rancho Cucamonga, California!

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new Charlotte brokerage

NextHome announces new Charlotte brokerage

M.A. Dudley

Pleasanton, CA — September 24, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome People First Realty, based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The brokerage represents the 26th office location opened in North Carolina for the NextHome franchise and the 514th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome People First Realty will serve clients across many Charlotte-area counties including Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, Gaston, Lancaster, Lincoln, and York counties. 

Under the ownership of M.A. Dudley, NextHome People First Realty will serve all types of residential clients. However, Dudley offers special expertise for relocation clients. 

“I would love to specialize in relocation from New York to North Carolina,” Dudley said. “The road between the two is well-travelled for me so I can provide clients some great expertise.”

Dudley was born in Brooklyn, New York, but with family roots in North Carolina he visited the state often and has maintained a strong connection to the area. He has built his real estate career through North Carolina investment, renovation, and rental properties. 

Dudley first obtained his real estate license in 1992 in New York but began actively buying and selling in 2014. In between those years, his passion for helping and serving people stemmed from serving in the United States Air Force before embarking on a long career in law enforcement. He has held multiple high security clearances while working for local and federal government agencies. Dudley brings his personal code of ethics, honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness to the real estate arena.

After dabbling in rehab properties, Dudley decided to try his hand at sales. 

“To my surprise, I realized that I loved sales,” Dudley said. “I loved the feeling of being able to help people find houses.”

Dudley started focusing on first-time home buyers while continuing to buy and rehab distressed properties in North Carolina. 

As his career evolved, Dudley knew that he wanted the financial flexibility of being his own boss. 

“I wanted to get real value out of the work I was putting in,” Dudley said. “So, I searched ‘real estate franchises’ online, NextHome came up, and the rest was history.”

Dudley was thrilled to find a franchise that embraced the same people-first mindset he built his professional reputation on. 

“I really do love people,” Dudley said. “Humans over Houses is exactly my mindset. I named my brokerage People First Realty for a reason – not only will my clients know that I put people first, but my agents will also know that I truly see them as people too.”

An avid learner, Dudley can often be found in his spare time devouring educational videos. He is also a devoted father to his 16-year-old daughter, Taylor. He is a member of the Real Dads Network, an organization that exists to support fathers and strengthen families. 

Please join us in congratulating Dudley on the opening of NextHome People First Realty in Charlotte, North Carolina!

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome expands in Virginia

NextHome expands in Virginia

Curtis Siever

Pleasanton, CA — July 30, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the expansion of NextHome Realty Select in Staunton, Virginia. NextHome Realty Select – Staunton will serve clients across the Shenandoah Valley, with a focus on the growing Staunton-Waynesboro Metropolitan Statistical Area. 

The brokerage represents the 14th office location opened in Virginia for the NextHome franchise and the 496th NextHome office opened nationally.

Owned by real estate veteran Curtis Siever, the Staunton office builds on the success of his series of Virginia and West Virginia-based NextHome offices; Winchester, Woodstock, Front Royal, and Martinsburg.

The expansion into Staunton was truly an organic situation. 

“I was approached by an agent who worked in that market who was really excited about the NextHome brand, its culture, and what it could do for her clients,” Curtis said. “In turn, she had a friend in the profession who also wanted to come aboard with her.”

Today, NextHome Realty Select – Staunton is poised for success with professional agents Lisa Belcher and Lori Bonnell leading the way.

Lisa and Lori are working from the brokerage’s charming new downtown offices, and they are already experiencing the NextHome difference.  

“We are truly growing in that area,” Curtis said.

Curtis has been a NextHome owner/broker since the Fall of 2016 when he opened NextHome Realty Select’s Winchester offices. Today, he is the owner of five brokerages across Virginia and West Virginia.

Since embarking on a career with NextHome, Curtis has enjoyed phenomenal success. In 2019, his three locations were able to close more than 240 transactions and reach $50.5 million in sales volume. Although impressive, these numbers represent an even larger accomplishment for Curtis and all the agents at NextHome Realty Select, they were able to increase their business by 62% year over year. 

Curtis has been working in real estate for more than 26 years. Originally from Front Royal, he was licensed in 1994 and started his career with Weichert Realtors. Curtis’s brother, Terry, was the owner of a successful real estate construction business. Blue Ridge Construction created beautiful homes but needed someone to market and sell these properties. Curtis was the perfect person to provide that service.

The early years of his career were spent selling homes in the Front Royal and Linden areas to many clients moving from the Northern Virginia and D.C. area. Curtis also had a desire to build new construction homes and managed a construction company from 2003 to 2008, building 35 new homes.

Over the next two decades, Curtis leveraged his new construction sales background to create an incredibly successful real estate sales career. Averaging over 40 transactions yearly, he consistently ranks as one of the top producers in his area.

In early 2016, Curtis felt it was the right time to open his own brokerage. He attained his broker’s license and began looking for a franchise that would best help him deliver services and technology to his brokerage.

“I found NextHome through a simple Google search,” Curtis recalled. “I was hooked on the website and found myself researching the company pretty thoroughly before reaching out to (NextHome’s Vice President of Sales) Charis Moreno.”

Over the years, the partnership has proven to be a great one for many reasons. 

Through the franchise, Curtis has been able to pursue his passion for mentoring and teaching by becoming a NextHome Certified Instructor. This certification allows Curtis to teach National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) courses. 

“I am so happy that NextHome Realty Select continues to grow and thrive,” Curtis said. “We hope to continue to attract top-tier agents to our brokerage.”

When not selling real estate, Curtis enjoys spending time with his wife, Donna. The couple enjoys traveling and spending time with Curtis’s daughter, Amanda.

Please join us in congratulating Curtis and the rest of the team at NextHome Realty Select on their fifth NextHome location in Staunton, Virginia!

 

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome announces new Baltimore area office

NextHome announces new Baltimore area office

Sherri Sembly and Nisha Smithrick

Pleasanton, CA — July 9, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Forward, serving the Baltimore, Maryland area. The brokerage represents the ninth office location opened in Maryland for the NextHome franchise and the 491st NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Forward will serve clients across the greater Baltimore area including Harford, Cecil, Anne Arundel, and Howard counties.

Under the leadership of owners Nisha Smithrick and Sherri Sembly, NextHome Forward is well-positioned to serve all types of residential clients including investors, first-time home buyers, and military families. The brokerage also offers experience in short sales and REO properties. 

“I look forward to growing the business and being known as a company that will do the right thing for the clients we serve,” Sherri said. 

Nisha will be NextHome Forward’s broker of record and Sherri will be the office’s sales manager. Both will be maintaining their thriving sales careers. Between them, Sherri and Nisha offer clients almost 20 years of experience in Baltimore real estate. 

Nisha obtained her Maryland license in 2006 and sold with a nationally franchised office until 2010, when she joined Redfin. For the next seven years, Nisha gained experience in almost all aspects of real estate sales. She worked as a field agent and as a transaction coordinator. 

“I got to work behind the scenes with some of the highest producing agents in our region,” Nisha said. “There were incredible advantages to seeing a large volume of transactions coming through.”

Nisha learned contracts inside and out and became skilled at interpreting and explaining the complexity of the contract. 

“There were lots of moving parts,” Nisha recalled. “I learned everything – from contract to closing.”

Sherri began her real estate career in 2014 after spending 17 years in early childhood education. Her attraction to real estate sales started when she sold her townhome.

“I started touring homes and having a lot of fun,” Sherri recalled. “I liked the company I was working with, so I applied for a job.”

Sherri started working with Redfin as a tour coordinator, which is where she eventually met Nisha. 

In 2016, Sherri left Redfin to join a nationally franchised brokerage. 

“I wanted to learn more, to be out in the field to grow,” Sherri said.

A year later, Nisha joined Sherri at that brokerage and they continued to each grow their individual businesses for the next two and a half years.   

However, as the friends continued to evolve professionally, they knew it was time to open their own brokerage. 

“It was time because we wanted to grow and be the best versions of ourselves,” Nisha said.

Several former colleagues had posted about NextHome on their social media platforms and all the positive things they were saying caught Nisha and Sherri’s attention. 

“So, one day I decided to just give them a call,” Nisha said. “NextHome had everything that we loved about our previous work experience, but also so much more. It was a natural progression for us.”

Today, Nisha and Sherri are using NextHome to put the goodness, value, and personal touch back in Baltimore real estate. 

“NextHome is all about the people we serve and the hands we hold,” Sherri said. “We want to embody that kind of value and put the goodness in real estate.” 

With their extensive transaction coordination backgrounds, Sherri and Nisha want to help NextHome Forward agents achieve their highest potential. 

“We want to invest in our agents and recruit the right people,” Nisha said. “We will be by their side, giving them the office support, the technology, and tools to succeed. Our agents will know that we focus on them, so they can focus on their clients.”

This year, Nisha will celebrate seven years of marriage to her husband Craig and together they are the proud parents of eight-year-old CJ. Together, the family loves to travel and introduce their son to the wonders of the world. 

Sherri and her husband Charles recently celebrated 17 years of marriage and together they have two children, Charles Anthony (15) and Selena (13). The family enjoys supporting Charles Anthony as he plays year-round soccer and savoring the products of Selena’s baking talents. 

Please join us in congratulating Nisha and Sherri on the opening of NextHome Forward!

 

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Estates Realty Group opens in Orange County

NextHome Estates Realty Group opens in Orange County

Tom McKenzie

Pleasanton, CA — July 7, 2020 — NextHome is pleased to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Estates Realty Group, based in Los Alamitos, California. The brokerage represents the 74th office location opened in California for the NextHome franchise and the 489th NextHome office opened nationally.

NextHome Estates Realty Group will serve clients across Orange County and Los Angeles County including Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Cypress, Long Beach, Buena Park, Anaheim, Lakewood, and Huntington Beach. 

NextHome Estates Realty Group is owned by local attorney Tom McKenzie, who brings extensive experience to the new brokerage. Tom has been a practicing attorney and licensed broker for more than 20 years, specializing in estate planning, probate, trust administration, asset protection, and elder law. In addition, Tom has been a licensed financial advisor since 1995 and holds 10 different real estate certifications and designations.

Tom’s remarkable life included an early stint as a singer/songwriter. His talents helped him pay his way through law school – working as a full-time entertainer at night and excelling in his legal studies as a full-time student during the day. While attending Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Tom was the only member of his class to receive the “American Jurisprudence Award” for real estate law. During these years, Tom was extended an invitation to serve as the associate editor of his school’s prestigious law review publication, and his article on Historically Black Colleges has been cited in a number of books and legal journals, including the book “Unearthing Promise and Potential: Our Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” by Marybeth Gasman. 

Tom obtained his broker’s license in 1998 and, after graduating among the top of his law school class, opened McKenzie Legal and Financial. 

Throughout his career, Tom often worked with legal and financial planning clients who needed real estate services. Their needs prompted Tom to think about opening his own brokerage. To gain a better understanding of the industry in the area, Tom first began selling with a nationally franchised brokerage. He quickly learned what he did, and what he did not want to do, to best serve his clients. 

“I saw the opportunity to offer true, ethical representation for buyers and sellers that currently weren’t being well represented,” Tom said. “I wanted to be able to provide agents who embrace the highest levels of integrity and put the clients first.”

As a dedicated professional for both his legal and real estate clients, Tom knew he would have to partner with a robust and supportive franchise in order to not spread himself too thin. That’s when he discovered NextHome in REALTOR® Magazine. 

“When I read the article, NextHome was exactly what I was looking for so that I could truly help my clients,” Tom said. “Throughout the process of being affiliated with NextHome, I have not been disappointed. I have been very happy with the corporate staff, the support they give, and the educational assistance.”

Now, as a brokerage owner and attorney, Tom is uniquely qualified to help clients with a broad range of needs. 

“I can offer perspectives and advice that can only be given by a licensed attorney, helping clients avoid pitfalls and seize opportunities they might not have even known existed,” Tom said. 

From putting properties straight into trusts, to helping investors with LLCs, to legal review and notary services, Tom can help with it all. 

“I want to provide convenient, low-pressure options for my clients and help them know that they are in safe hands from the beginning of their transaction to closing and beyond,” Tom said. 

Tom’s wife Natalie will be joining him at NextHome Estates Realty Group as the brokerage’s office manager. She is also a paralegal and notary public. 

Tom and Natalie recently celebrated 19 years of wedded bliss and together they are the proud parents of four children. 

Macy (18) recently graduated from Los Alamitos High School. For most of her academic career, Macy performed with the school’s prestigious Sound FX advanced mixed choir group. The choir is recognized as one of the nation’s best and members have performed at The Hollywood Bowl with Kristen Bell, Nick Jonas and John Stamos, and at the Greek Theater with Barry Manilow. Last year, they hosted the world’s largest assembly with the “Mean Stink’s” anti-bullying campaign and were featured performers on the Today Show.

Ryan (17) is both academically and mechanically talented and, according to his dad, has the biggest heart in his family.

Cody (12) is a high achiever in math and Noah (10) is a standout football player. 

“My family is truly my greatest joy,” Tom said. 

Please join us in congratulating Tom on the opening of NextHome Estates Realty Group in Los Alamitos, California!

 

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.